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21 things to do in Tottenham, London by a Local

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Tottenham is transforming and this rejuvenation isn’t just about a football club (although that obviously helps). With all the redevelopment taking place around Tottenham Hale and the swathe of new bars and restaurants it brings, Tottenham is worth a (re)visit. From Europe’s largest urban wetlands to the historic Bruce Castle, there is plenty to see, plus did we mention the sheer number of Tottenham based brewery taprooms that allow you to taste their beer at the source? 

Here is our top things to do in Tottenham guide:

1. Tottenham Hotspur Stadium tour

Obviously the prime purpose for visiting here is if you are going to a Spurs game, but did you also know you can do a Stadium tour, where you can visit all the changing rooms and work right up to the pitch?

Opened recently for the start of the 2019 Premier League Season at a reported cost of £1 billion (yikes!), Tottenham Hotspur’s ground also plays host to several NFL UK games every year and it is amazing to see on the stadium tour that the NFL has their own set of changing rooms, baths etc.

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium tour. Copyright CK Travels
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium tour. Copyright CK Travels

Tottenham Hotspur’s ground also lays claim to having Europe’s longest bar, 65 metres in length (although this is only accessible on match days), plus Beavertown Brewery has an outpost here, brewing seasonal beers right on site.

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Tottenham Hotspur stadium shop

2. The Dare Skywalk and Edge at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

A new Tottenham attraction with real ‘altitude’, dare you do the skywalk at the Hotspurs ground, almost 50 metres in height overlooking the hallowed turf and with incredible views of the capital and Tottenham?! You also get to walk around a huge model of the club motif, a giant cockerel (pretty unique as North London attractions go!).

Opened in 2021, it is obviously fun to watch people edge along if you are walking past the stadium on Tottenham High Road. Also, if you hear a scream as you walk past, it is likely someone taking part in the other new adrenalin rush activity that is The Edge, the UK’s first controlled descent, that sees you plummet of the side of the stadium.

At the end, if you want to raise a glass to your epic experience or immense bravery / foolishness (delete as appropriate), you can also enjoy a Beavertown craft beer or glass of prosecco on the viewing platform – cheers!

3. Beavertown Corner Pin pub

Situated a stone’s throw (or should that be football kick?) away from Tottenham Hotspur’s football stadium, Beavertown’s bold, bright and colourful new pub The Corner Pin is a welcome addition to the neighbourhood. 

The Corner Pin Beavertown pub in Tottenham London

As you’d expect from Beavertown, their beer range is epic and their bar set-up is ….well, bar-none with their quirky beer taps, incredible illustrations and branding throughout – even in the toilets. The Corner Pin has transformed a dingy old neighbourhood pub and brought it back to life.

The Corner Pin Beavertown pub in Tottenham London

Beavertown’s Corner Pin also has a big beer garden with a huge outdoor screen and alfresco bar which makes it the perfect place to watch Tottenham Hotspur games especially when they are playing away from home. On our recent visit, you could enter the beer garden from the pub via a mocked up player’s tunnel complete with roaring crowd sounds.

The Corner Pin Beavertown pub in Tottenham London

The food menu at Corner Pin is good, hearty pub grub and diner fare  – we tried the £15 cheese burger and chips, dirty fries plus moorish deep-fried pickles (all delicious).

As well as the usual core Beavertown beer lines like Neck Oil, Gamma Ray and Smog Rocket on tap, the Corner Pin has a special ‘One of Our Own’ Spurs IPA on tap plus their own Corner Pin branded glasses. All these nice touches make this one of Tottenham’s best pubs, either to watch a football game or just enjoy good quality and very quaffable lager.

732 High Road, London N17 0AG

The Corner Pin Beavertown pub in Tottenham London

Tottenham Breweries

Hot on the heels of Bermondsey Beer Mile, Tottenham is fast becoming one of London’s best beer boroughs, being home to several established breweries.

All have taprooms that either open at the weekends or coincide with when a Tottenham Hotspur home game on. With new local breweries opening all the time (especially in neighbouring Walthamstow), our top Tottenham taprooms include:

4. Pressure Drop Brewery

One of the nicer brewery set-ups, Pressure Drop brewery opens up its Tottenham taproom every Friday night and Saturday, serving around 10 of their own lines. With the bar and picnic tables set amongst the brewing vats inside, the summer months also see their car park become an alfresco beer garden.

Pressure Drop Brewery Tottenham London
Pressure Drop Brewery

Pressure Drop is dog friendly (and obviously they welcome beer lovers too!). Check out the beautiful beer can designs in the well stocked beer fridge as you walk inside. Most weekends, they have a guest pop up food-stall (our favourite so far has been Chicken & Gochu’s Korean fried chicken stall).

Unit 6, Lockwood Industrial Park, Mill Mead Road, N17 9QP

Pressure Drop Brewery Tottenham London
Pressure Drop Brewery Tottenham London

5. Beavertown Brewery

The first main brewery in Tottenham (and located a few doors down from Pressure Drop), Beavertown was one of London’s first industrial estate taproom pioneers and is open open every Saturday and Sunday to the public. 

Beavertown Brewery cans Tottenham London
Beavertown Brewery

Given their success and how massive they’ve become, Beavertown brewery beer now features in practically every bar in London and it is fitting that they’ve recently opened their own The Corner Pin bar in the shadow of Tottenham Hotspur stadium as well as having a microbrewery actually inside the stadium.

With plans to open a huge new site at Ponds Forge, surely world beer domination is next on the cards for Beavertown? So it is great to still be able to visit the taproom at Lockwood Industrial estate that started it all, near to Tottenham Hale Tube station and just behind Hale Village. There is no better place for sunny Saturday and Sunday beer sessions.

Unit 17, Lockwood Industrial Park, Mill Mead Road, N17 9QP

Beavertown Brewery Tottenham London
Beavertown Brewery

6. ORA Brewing

A 10-minute walk from both Beavertown and Pressure Drop across Tottenham Marshes brings you to ORA Brewing, another Tottenham Brewery located on an industrial estate. A little taste of Italy in Tottenham, ORA Brewing started as a home brewing operation in Milan and Emilia Romagna before transferring to North London. 

ORA Brewing in Tottenham
ORA Brewing

The Ora Brewery taproom is open on Friday nights, plus from 1pm on Saturday and Sundays and is a nice set-up with picnic tables inside and chairs and a sofa located inside, amongst the brewery equipment.

The soft furnishings and indoor plants are a really nice touch, although the beer prices here are more expensive than the other Tottenham breweries –  the craft on draft alternates and when we visited, we opted for a pint of Icarus (lemongrass infused and 4.5% abv) and a half pint of Cerbero, a rather decadent tiramisu stout.

Unit 16a, Rosebery Industrial Park, London N17 9SR

ORA Brewing Brewery Tottenham London

7. Redemption Brewery and Bohem Brewery

Situated on the outskirts of an unassuming industrial estate in the shadow of the Tottenham Hotspur stadium, lies two of Tottenham’s newer breweries. Redemption Brewery is the more established of the two, with their beers available in numerous local bars and also larger Wetherspoons pubs. Specialising in craft cask beers, they only open their taproom during Tottenham Hotspurs home match days.

Bohem Brewery offers traditional Bohemian style lagers brewed by Czechs and is an award winning micro brewery with a nice line in lagers. At the time of writing (April 2022), Bohem Brewery’s taproom is currently temporarily closed.

Redemption Brewery: 16, Compass West Estate, West Road, Tottenham, N17 0XL
Bohem Brewery: Unit 5, Littleline House, 41-43 West Road, N17 0RE

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8. Craving, Tottenham

Similar to the aforementioned breweries, Craving is a neat little independent cafe located on an industrial estate serving light bites, a Ramen and Asian fusion menu plus beer, wine and cocktails.

Craving cafe in Tottenham

We cannot rave enough about the Craving Chilli, cheese and egg croissant and their vegan ramen is incredibly tasty, so much so you’ll be licking the bowl clean (or maybe that is just us?!).

On Thursday and Friday nights Craving are open late until 11pm.

39B Markfield Road, Tottenham N15 4QA

Tofu and mushroom ramen, and Craving noodle salad
Egg, cheese and chilli croissant

9. Walthamstow Wetlands

Despite the name, Walthamstow Wetlands is actually closer to Tottenham Hale and is Europe’s largest urban wetlands (a 10 minute walk from Tottenham Hale Tube).

Comprising of several huge interlinking reservoirs with pathways all around, this 211 hectare site is home to an abundance of wildlife. It still provides much of London’s drinking water and is the city’s largest fishery – small wonder birds from all over the world flock here!

Walthamstow Wetlands, Tottenham Hale

The former Engine House building dates from Victorian times and is now a visitor centre and cafe (which has an outdoor seating area which looks over the boardwalks). Admission to Walthamstow Wetlands is free and they have wildlife related events on most weekends.

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2 Forest Road, N17 9NH
Opening hours: Everyday 9.30am-4pm

Walthamstow Wetlands

10. Tottenham Green Market

2022 UPDATE: Tottenham Green Market is permanently closing and Sunday 12th June will be the final market date

Held every 2nd Sunday of the month near Tottenham Town Hall, this is a bustling food market consisting of around 35 rotating street food stalls and local produce.

One of our favourites is Chok Shop, a Cambodian noodle stall run by Steven Halcrow who we first met on one of his food tours in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Further back at the square in front of the Bernie Grant Arts Centre is a Caribbean stall that draws you in with its BBQ charcoal aromas.

Tottenham Green, Tottenham, N15 4UR

Cambodian street frood from Chok Shop at Tottenham Green Market London
Cambodian noodles from regular stall holder Chok Shop

11. Tottenham Hale Canal Walk / Lee Valley Walk

A short two-minute walk from Tottenham Hale Tube station brings you to the canal and the Lee Valley walk.

To the north, you can walk and bike along the canal unencumbered to the likes of Enfield and picturesque Waltham Abbey.

Tottenham Hale Canal Walk / Lee Valley Walk. Things to do in Tottenham

Heading to the south with bring you to all the canal-side pubs in Hackney Wick and the numerous activities of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. If you feel like a real adventure, a two hour walk south will take you all the way to the River Thames via at Limehouse Cut.

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12. True Craft, Tottenham

You had us at craft beer and fresh sourdough pizza! This Tottenham gem is one of our favourite bars in the area, as the beer lines change regularly and the pizzas are so good (you can watch them being made and fired in the pizza oven from the comfort of the bar).

True Craft pub, Tottenham

Located approximately five minutes walk away from Seven Sisters tube station, they also have a fridge chock full of beers to takeaway. As the bar is quite small and can get full quite quickly, it is best to arrive early if you are planning an all day session.

68 West Green Road, Tottenham, N15 5NR

True Craft pub pizza, Tottenham

13. The Bluecoats Pub

A former girls school built in the 1830s that has now been turned into a beer and burger bar, this is a family friendly pub that has a whole heap of craft beers on tap (up to 20 different beers at any one time). Fittingly as a former school, chalk blackboards behind the bar denote all the various prices and beer percentages.

The Bluecoats Pub Tottenham

Found on Tottenham High Road, about 5 minutes walk from the Tottenham Hotspur stadium, their speciality is burgers and all food is prepared by Lucky Chip.

614 High Road, Tottenham, N17 9TA

The Bluecoats Pub Tottenham. Things to do in Tottenham Hale
The Bluecoats Pub Tottenham. Things to do in Tottenham Hale

14. Ferry Boat Inn, Tottenham Hale

Situated on the edge of the Walthamstow Wetlands, this recently refurbished inn is a nice afternoon spot (it also happens to be our local pub).

Ferry Boat Inn Tottenham Hale. Things to do in Tottenham Hale

Why we like it is not so much for the food (average at best, although the burgers and gammon are pretty good) but more for the fact it doesn’t feel like a London pub, given it’s beer garden overlooks the canal and there are various bird calls and noises of nature from the neighbouring wetlands.

Check their website for weekly food offers such as half price pies on a Monday night.

Ferry Lane, Tottenham, N17 9NG

We recommend the gammon and chips from the Ferry Boat Inn

15. The High Cross pub

Given the High Cross used to be a public toilet (we ‘sh*t’ you not!), this is quite a quirky place to visit, with several local craft beers on tap including Redemption Brewery and Pressure Drop.

The High Cross pub Tottenham

We’ve visited on a couple of Sundays and it has always been busy, likely because their Sunday Roasts are delicious (you can choose from several options on the pub blackboard). Given it is a former public convenience, the High Cross is quite small inside so table space is limited – advance booking is recommended.

350 High Road, Tottenham, N17 9HT

The High Cross pub Tottenham
The High Cross pub Sunday roast Tottenham

16. Loop Tottenham

Based just across the road from Tottenham Hale Retail Park is the newest addition to Tottenham’s cafe and bar scene – a plastic-free vegan and vegetarian cafe by day with a bulk food store also located inside. At night it becomes more of a bar with various events like live music and chess evenings, and several local beers on tap (including a good selection from Tottenham’s oldest brew set-up, Redemption Brewery).

Loop Tottenham

We haven’t been for food yet at Tottenham Loop but did swing by on a incredibly hot summer’s evening and enjoyed a couple of draft beers from local breweries. The set-up inside is charming, cosy and compact with several tables all facing towards the bar area – cans and bottles are available from chillers too.

 189-191 Broad Lane, London N15 4QT

Loop Tottenham

17. Chuku’s Nigerian Tapas

Reputably the world’s first Nigerian tapas restaurant has arrived in North London via Lagos. Specialising in delicious small plates ideal for sharing and run by brother and sister Davido and Dice Ailes, Chuku’s churns out beautiful and delicious dishes such as caramel kuli kuli chicken wings and honey suya prawns (suya Nigerian sauce is chilis, peanuts and ginger).

Chuku's Nigerian Tapas Tottenham

On our recent visit we tried a few different dishes, whilst we weren’t blown away by the honey suya prawns, we really enjoyed the rice pancakes, sweet okra and suya beef meatballs.

Chuku’s boasts some of the best reviews on the London dining scene so make you try and book in advance.

274 High Road, London N15 4AJ

Chuku's Nigerian Tapas Tottenham
Prawns, rice pancakes, okra and beef meatballs
Chuku's Nigerian Tapas Tottenham
Yam dumplings with a tricolour of stews

18. The Beehive

One of Tottenham’s most popular pubs, The Beehive is ‘buzzing’ with life and has one of the best beer gardens in London. Popular for live sports and regular events from live music to yoga lates, The Beehive also has weekly food and drink specials like Happy Hour, summer BBQ’s and deals on fish and chips / burgers on selected nights of the week.

The Beehive Tottenham

The kitchen at the Beehive pumps out hearty pub grub fare including a nice line in Sunday Roasts – incredibly busy on Tottenham Hotspur game days, this is one lively local pub that is well worth a visit.

Stoneleigh Road, London N17 9BQ

The Beehive Tottenham

19. Wildes Cheese

Totten-ham and cheese, please! Although you might not expect the area to be renowned for its dairy deliciousness, Tottenham is home to one of London’s finest purveyors of cheese – Wildes Cheese.

This award-winning fromagerie is located on Queen Street and also offers a number of regular cheese making workshops.

The Micro Dairy, Units 9 and 10 Frontier Works,  33 Queen Street London. N17 8JA

20. Tottenham street art

There are several famous spots for street art in Tottenham but two of the biggest and best canvases can be found in side streets off Broad Lane, near Tottenham Hale Retail Park.  

In this area, the main collective street art spot in Tottenham is in and around the industrial units in Fountayne Road, primarily along the second right hand road – nearby, the side street next to Ada. National College for Digital Skills has huge wooden walls that constantly evolve with new portraits and paintings.

Tottenham street art
‘I Miss You’ mural on Sherringham Avenue

Three other top Tottenham street art examples are The Queen’s Gambit mural at Stoneleigh Court (near Bruce Grove station) , the Boe and Irony Squirrel (reaching for a huge nut) in Portland Road (near Seven Sisters station) and Zabou’s incredible ‘I Miss You’ mural on Sherringham Avenue . Note these are all current at the time of writing (January 2022) and have been around a while but street art sometimes vanishes as soon as it appears…)

21. Bruce Castle Museum

Although it sounds like something straight out of Batman, this is an elegant 16th century Grade I listed manor house which now houses a free to visit museum and local archives, set amongst 20 acres of green park land.

Lordship Lane, Tottenham, N17 8NU

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  • Reply
    Cole Garland
    September 26, 2022 at 4:12 pm

    I thoroughly enjoyed this article. I am an American traveling to London for the NFL football game, and I will have to check some of these places out before I head into the game! Do people tailgate outside the stadium for the games or do you usually just go into pubs before the game? Trying to find the closest place to the stadium. Thank you for the great ideas!

    • Reply
      CK Travels
      September 26, 2022 at 6:18 pm

      Hey Cole! We don’t do tailgating in the UK, so I would recommend heading to a pub beforehand! The Beavertown Corner Pin pub is opposite the stadium and have some great beers, and there is also a nice pub called the Blue Coats just a few minutes walk down the street. Have a great time in London!

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